Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
A parishioner who attended the 9.00am Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Rouse Hill on 8 August has tested positive for COVID-19.
NSW Health has investigated and determined those who also attended that particular Mass were casual contacts.
This is due to the relatively short duration of the Mass and the COVID-Safe precautions taken by the parish such as no singing, social distancing, and hand sanitising.
Everyone who attended the Mass will be contacted by the parish and advised to monitor for symptoms until 22 August – 14 days after the Mass. If they develop symptoms, they should seek testing and self-isolate until they receive the result.
On the advice of NSW Health, the church was closed for deep cleaning on the 13 August and will reopen 9.00am on the 15 August.
As per our COVID-Safety Plan, the church pews and surfaces were cleaned with spray disinfectant directly after the Mass.
NSW Health have advised there is no risk to parishioners who attended Mass at any time or on any other day.
When our Church reopens on August 15 at 9.00am we require all parishioners to wear masks to Mass – please ensure you bring them with you. Parishioners will also have their temperatures checked upon arrival.
We will continue to follow our COVID-Safety plan which includes wiping pews and surfaces with spray disinfectant between services, no singing, hand sanitisers, maximum attendance of 100 and social distancing, and ensuring parishioners leave as soon as Mass is over.
Under current NSW Government restrictions, we can only allow 100 people to attend each Mass and bookings must be made in advance.
We thank you for your patience and understanding and will keep you updated.
We are committed to working with NSW Health to keep our church and our community safe.
Sincerely yours in Christ,